Josh Duhamel Launches Valspar Hearts And Hands For Habitat

first_imgActor Josh Duhamel today joined Valspar Paint and Habitat For Humanity to launch Valspar Hearts and Hands for Habitat.The program auctions off the colorful handprints of celebrities and notable personalities created with Valspar Paint. The auction benefits Habitat for Humanity’s Disaster Response program, which provides immediate and long-term response and solutions to devastating natural disasters, such as Hurricane Sandy and the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma and Texas, that damaged and destroyed thousands of homes.“I am proud to partner with Valspar Paint and Habitat for Humanity for this important program which benefits a cause that is very near and dear to my heart. The rebuilding process is ongoing; I’ve seen it firsthand in my hometown of Minot, N.D., with the destructive floods in 2011,” said actor Josh Duhamel. “Through this program, everyone can support Habitat families as they repair and rebuild their communities, and gain access to safe and secure places to live. Please, bid now.”Valspar Paint, known for offering the Valspar Love Your Color Guarantee, has received autographed handprints from a range of celebrities showing their guaranteed love and support of Habitat for Humanity. In addition to Josh Duhamel, other celebrities’ handprints that have been donated include: Patrick J. Adams, Kate Bosworth, Mischa Barton, Brooke Burke, Rosanne Cash, Eric Close, Marcia Cross, Fergie, Jenna Elfman, Ethan Hawke, Genevieve Gorder, Heather Graham, Jonathan Groff, Warren Haynes, Ashley Hebert, Stacy Keibler, Minka Kelly, Jenny McCarthy, Jillian Michaels, Lea Michele, Bette Midler, Miles Redd, JP Rosenbaum, Kelly Rutherford, Susan Sarandon, Liev Schreiber, Taylor Spreitler, Naomi Watts, and more.Valspar is committed to helping everyone connect to the power in color, and to symbolize celebrities’ love and support of Habitat for Humanity’s mission, each set of colorful handprints feature a heart that was created using a range of vibrant Valspar Paint colors. In addition to proceeds from the auction benefitting Habitat’s Disaster Response program, for every set of celebrity handprints created for Valspar Hearts and Hands for Habitat, Valspar is donating $1,000 to the cause, with a minimum donation of $25,000.“Valspar has a long-standing relationship with Habitat for Humanity, and we are committed to supporting their mission of providing safe and affordable housing. At Valspar, we believe color can transform, and that is why we guarantee paint for every new Habitat home built in the United States, and why we also offer the Valspar Love Your Color Guarantee which ensures that our consumers find their right color,” said Paula Shikany, director of marketing for Valspar.After a disaster strikes, Habitat helps families rebuild their lives with both immediate and long-term assistance. Valspar began supporting Habitat locally in the mid-1980s. Since launching its national partnership in 2002, the Valspar Foundation has committed more than $60 million in cash and paint to Habitat through 2014.“We are grateful to Valspar for their continued support of Habitat’s mission and goals,” said Jonathan T.M. Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “The Valspar Hearts and Hands for Habitat auction provides support to our Disaster Response program and is another example of how the Valspar Foundation is committed to helping us create a world in which everyone has a decent place to live.”The Valspar Hearts and Hands for Habitat auction is now live on the Valspar Paint Facebook Page, with handprints open for bidding through Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 at noon EST.last_img read more

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Circus meets extreme sports in Cirque du Soleils Volta

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter “I think when people sat down to think not about how to reinvent Cirque du Soleil but to push the boundaries and try to do something different, extreme sports just came to the surface,” said Johnny Kim, the show’s assistant artistic director.It also meshes with the larger story Volta is trying to tell, of a young man learning to embrace his differences in a fantastical take on the modern world, complete with social media, smartphone addiction, and the desires for instant fame and popularity.READ MORE Facebook Advertisement Advertisement MONTREAL― This fall, Cirque du Soleil’s latest show, Volta, will bring a mix of the timeless and the trendy to Toronto audiences.There are the fanciful costumes, makeup and characters that have become the Montreal-based company’s international calling card over three decades. And while many of the acts and performers are firmly rooted in traditional circus disciplines, what sets this show apart is its incorporation of extreme sports more likely to be found on YouTube channels and social-media streams than under a circus big top.Parkour free runners jump and flip and swing through an obstacle course of steel bars, bridges and surfaces that rise into the sky, while a team of freestyle BMX riders make up the finale of the show with a performance on see-through Plexiglas ramps that give the audience a sort of fish-tank view of the tricks.last_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Facebook Advertisementcenter_img “Most Indigenous filmmakers do face their barriers of what their social-economic status is. For example, if they have an upbringing where they are not able to make the means to afford a post-secondary education in the arts including film or media,” he explains, adding there is an abundance of Indigenous filmmakers in Canada.“It’s such a valuable time for both parties to make sure that their stories are heard and, with the current influx of that, it empowers our youth to make sure that their stories and truths are heard as well which is more timely than ever.”The successful projects will be chosen by an all-Indigenous jury and will be announced in mid August.This Edition was shaped by Indigenous STORYHIVE alumni like BC resident Petie Chalifoux. Key findings from interviews with an external consultant, Nikki Sanchez from the University of Victoria, were applied to mould the program into a culturally safe, empowering, and relevant one for Indigenous creators.Submissions are being accepted until December 4th.CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION STORYHIVE Indigenous Storyteller Edition Login/Register With: The careers of Indigenous creators is the focus of STORYHIVE‘s latest commitment.The organization has launched its first Indigenous Storyteller Edition and will support 20 Indigenous-led screen-based projects with $20,000 in funding each. Up to $5,000 will also be provided in top-up funding from Creative BC for British Columbia-based projects. Ideas for three to ten minute projects can include a comedy, drama, animation, web series pilot, or documentary are wanted.Advisory Council Member Rylan Friday says the goal is to deflect and break down barriers.last_img read more

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Dominos Pizza reports slowing sales growth in 1Q

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Domino’s Pizza Inc.’s first quarter earnings aren’t likely to calm investors’ concerns about slowing growth at the world’s biggest pizza chain.The Ann Arbour-based company said Wednesday that sales at U.S. stores open at least a year rose 3.9% in the January-March period. That was down from 8.3% a year ago, and fell short of Wall Street’s forecast of 4.9%, according to analysts polled by FactSet.International same-store sales rose 1.5%, down from 5% a year ago.Domino’s has been expanding so it can deliver pizzas more quickly. But it’s facing a challenge from delivery services like GrubHub.Domino’s first quarter net income rose 4.4% to $92.7 million, or $2.20 per share. That beat analysts’ forecast of $2.09. Revenue rose 6.4% to $836 million, which was short of expectations.The Associated Press read more

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Closing Bell TSX advances as resource sector cheers signs of Chinese manufacturing

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market registered a solid advance Thursday as resource sectors benefited from signs of a recovering Chinese manufacturing sector. But the market was held back by earnings disappointments in the telecom and mining sectors.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,499.76 +76.85 +0.62%S&P 500 — 1,427.59 +15.43 +1.09%Dow — 13,232.62 +136.16 +1.04%Nasdaq — 3020.06 +42.83 +1.44%Overall market sentiment also got a lift from American data showing a better-than-expected reading for consumer confidence and strength in the U.S. manufacturing sector.The S&P/TSX composite index climbed 76.85 points to 12,499.76 while the TSX Venture Exchange added 6.81 points to 1,321.29.“It looks like the housing market has bottomed, manufacturing seems to be picking up in different areas of the world, so there’s encouraging stuff there,” said Gareth Watson, vice-president of Investment Management and Research at Richardson GMP Ltd.“But eventually that will take time to flow through to corporate earnings as well.”The Canadian dollar shook off early losses to move up 0.22 of a cent at 100.32 cents US.U.S. markets racked up solid gains as the Dow Jones industrials closed up 136.16 points to 13,232.62, the Nasdaq composite index gained 42.83 points to 3,020.06 and the S&P 500 index rose 15.43 points to 1,427.59.The Conference Board says its consumer confidence index increased in October to 72.2, the highest level in almost five years.Consumers were more confident after seeing better job growth, the report noted.And a day before the U.S. non-farm payrolls report is released, payroll firm ADP said that the American private sector created 158,000 jobs in October. Economists had estimated the U.S. created about 120,000 jobs last month.Meanwhile, the Institute for Supply Management says its index of factory activity rose last month to 51.7, up from September’s reading of 51.5. A reading above 50 indicates expansion.There was also some rare good news for the global economy as the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing’s monthly purchasing managers index improved to 50.2 from 49.8 in September. Numbers above 50 on the 100-point scale indicate activity is expanding.Economic growth fell to a 3 1/2 year low of 7.6% in the quarter ended in September but other indicators, including retail sales and investment, improved.“The improvement in both measures reinforces our expectation that China’s growth will pick up in Q4, ending a seven-quarter streak of slowing activity,” said BMO Capital Markets senior economist Benjamin Reitzes.Barrick Gold Corp. weighed on the Toronto market, moving down $3.83 or 9.48% to $36.56. Barrick’s third-quarter profit missed expectations as revenue fell amid lower gold prices. Net income before adjustments fell to US$620-million or 62 cents per share, less than half what Barrick earned at the same time last year. Its adjusted EPS was 85 cents per share, 15 cents short of expectations.December bullion slipped $3.60 to US$1,715.50 an ounce and the gold sector lost about 2%.The telecom sector was also lower as BCE Inc. said its net income in the third quarter dropped to $569-million and adjusted net earnings fell to $588-million, or 76 cents per share. The adjusted EPS was a penny below estimates. BCE’s revenue was just under $5-billion, compared with about $4.9-billion a year earlier. Most of that came from Bell Canada, BCE’s main subsidiary. BCE shares were down 51 cents to $43.15.Metal prices advanced in the wake of the Chinese PMI data with December copper up three cents to US$3.55 a pound and the base metals sector was ahead 4.8%. Teck Resourcesran ahead $1.88 or almost six% to $33.58.But shares in uranium miner Cameco fell 97 cents or 5% to $18.40 after it reported quarterly net earnings of $82-million or 21 cents per share, compared with $39-million or 10 cents per share for the same period a year earlier.Adjusted earnings were $52-million or 13 cents per share compared with $104-million or 26 cents per share in 2011. Quarterly revenue came in at $408-million, compared to $527-million a year ago. Analysts expected profit of 27 cents per share and $562.3-million in revenue.Cameco also reduced its long-term production target to 36-million pounds of annual supply by 2018, down from 40-million pounds a year, due to ongoing market uncertainty following last year’s Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.Meanwhile, oil prices rose as refineries in the storm-hit northeastern United States restarted.The December crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was up 85 cents at US$87.09 a barrel.The energy sector climbed 1.34% as Imperial Oil Ltd. said higher margins at its refineries were the main reason for a 21% jump in its third-quarter profit, handily beating analysts’ expectations.Net income rose to $1.04 billion or $1.22 per diluted share, compared to $859 million or $1.01 a share for the same period last year. Imperial’s shares climbed $1.36 to C$45.55.In other corporate news, TransCanada Corp. plans to invest about US$1 billion in a new natural gas pipeline in Mexico. The pipeline giant has been awarded a contract to build, own and operate the pipeline by Mexico’s federal power company, the Commission Federal de Electricidad or CFE. Its shares were up 32 cents to $45.29.Research In Motion was a major gainer, up 80 cents or 10.15% to $8.68 on a heavy volume of 6.7 million shares. The jump added to a 3.7% rise Wednesday after it said its new BlackBerry smartphones are being tested by 50 phone carriers around the world, another step towards their release next year.Here’s the news investors were watching today:Earnings from Suncor, BCE, Barrick and moreToronto condo projects on hold as sales plungeThe depressing truth about Europe’s youth unemployment nightmareU.S. jobs data signals labour market healing slowlyChina’s economic engine sputters back to lifeON DECK FRIDAYECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m.Employment Report (Oct): Economists expect a gain of 10,000 jobs and the jobless rate to stay at 7.4% UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Employment Report (Oct): Economists expect a gain of 125,000 jobs and the jobless rate to edge up to 7.9%, from 7.8% 10 a.m.Factory orders (Sept): Economists expect a 4.6% rise CORPORATE NEWSCANADABrookfield Asset Management: Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 23¢ a share a share SNC-Lavalin Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 64¢ UNITED STATESChevron Q3 earnings: Analysts expect US$2.85 a share The Washington Post Q3 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.31 read more

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UN officials condemn deadly attack against refugee workers in Afghanistan

The staff member, Bettina Goislard, a French national, was in a UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) car in the centre of Ghazni city when two men on a motorcycle opened fire on the vehicle, killing her and wounding her driver. The two attackers have been arrested and an investigation is under way.A UN spokesman said Secretary-General Kofi Annan was “distressed and angered to learn of the cold-blooded killing,” which he called “outrageous and contemptible.”The attack comes less than a week after a bombing in front of the UN offices in Kandahar, Afghanistan, and follows a series of other incidents directed against the UN family and aid agencies. “The Secretary-General believes this latest incident underscores the urgent need for the international community to provide stronger security in areas outside the capital, Kabul,” the spokesman said, calling Afghan Government and the world at large to take the necessary measures to ensure the safety and security of UN and other agency and humanitarian staff providing assistance for the reconstruction of a peaceful Afghanistan.The statement also pledged the world body’s continued help. “The United Nations remains determined in its support for the people of Afghanistan.”Mr. Annan’s chief envoy in the country, Lakhdar Brahimi, echoed these views in a statement released by his spokesman in Kabul, condemning “in the strongest possible terms this murderous attack against a person who dedicated herself to supporting and protecting refugee families who have been returning to their country since 2002.”Extending sympathy to Ms. Goislard’s family and friends, Mr. Brahimi paid tribute to her dedication. “Her commitment to helping the most vulnerable Afghans start a new life after long years of exile illustrates the very essence of the UN mission in Afghanistan.”Referring to the broader security problems plaguing the country, the envoy said, “They do not undermine but rather strengthen the determination of the UN to continue its political, economic and humanitarian support to the people of Afghanistan.”To achieve this, he appealed to the Afghan Government and the international community to “re-double efforts to create a secure environment in which the basic aspirations of Afghans for reconstruction and the rule of law can be fulfilled.” read more

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UN congratulates people of Bougainville on new autonomous Government

The agreement was reached after a decade of island combat against Papua New Guinea ended in 1998.”The Secretary-General extends his warm congratulations to President-elect Joseph Kabui and Members of the House of Representatives of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. He wishes them success in fulfilling the high hopes and aspirations of the people of Bougainville,” Mr. Annan said through a spokesman.”At the same time, the Secretary-General calls on all Bougainville leaders to respect the democratic choice of the people and to constructively cooperate with their legitimate new Government for the sake of a lasting peace and a prosperous future for all of the people of Bougainville.”The Security Council, in a statement read out in a formal meeting by its President for the month of June, Ambassador Jean-Marc de La Sablière of France, welcomed the First General Elections for the President and Members of the House of Representatives held from 20 May to 9 June, as well as the inauguration today of “the Autonomous Bougainville Government in its full capacity.”Mr. Annan and the Council congratulated several institutions in the international community for their crucial support in helping to bring the Bougainville conflict to a peaceful end.They both expressed pleasure that the UN made an important contribution to the peace process through its involvement in negotiating, mediating and facilitating the resolution of the conflict through the United Nations Political Office in Bougainville (UNPOB) and its successor – the United Nations Observer Mission (UNOB), as well as the UN Country Team.”A small United Nations special political mission with a clearly defined mandate can make a critical contribution to a regional conflict resolution effort in an efficient and effective manner,” the Council said.The Secretary-General called on the donor community to provide further assistance to the autonomous Government in meeting its most pressing challenge – reconstruction. read more

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Record March CV registrations up 14 per cent

‘March is a key month in the sales calendar and this year it breaks all records at 55,678. The previous record of 55,232 was set in August 1989. The rolling year total also breaks all records at 371,261,’ said Christopher Macgowan, chief executive at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. The strong economy and positive economic outlook is very encouraging and the UK commercial vehicle market reflects that business confidence. A good result for the CV industry is that this has nudged the underlying annual registration volume beyond the historic record levels set in 1989,’ he concluded.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Record March figure at 55,678, the largest total ever for any monthRolling year total at 371,261 also tops the 1989 annual record of 371,104LCVs up 15.1 per cent in March, and 9.4 per cent for Q1 2004Trucks up 7.3 per cent for the month and 3.9 per cent for year to dateBuses fall three per for the month and 13.7 per cent for Q1 2004CV registration growth confirms a strong domestic economy read more

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Tortured geniuses more likely to commit suicide study finds

first_img“This is probably the best data we’ve ever had on this issue. “There are factors in that group that might put them at greater risk. The availability of alcohol and drugs are well-recognised risk factors. “Disruption to personal relationships is another factor. People have to spend time away from home and work antisocial hours,” he said.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Samaritans can be called free any time from any phone on 116 123.​ Google camera operative at work inside Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre. The myth of the tortured genius has endured for centuries. Artists as diverse as Van Gogh, Kurt Cobain and Sylvia Plath have become famous for their talent as well as for their struggles with mental health problems. But a conclusive link has never been made between mental health issues and creativity.For the first time reliable data has shown that the suicide rate among people working in creative roles is significantly higher than the national average. The first-ever study of suicide by profession from the ONS, which covered England in the years from 2011 to 2015, showed that people who work in arts-related jobs are up to four times more likely to commit suicide.  I urge all employers, large or small, public or private sector to treat mental health as seriously as physical health. Early action can stop any employees reaching a desperate stageDuncan Selbie, CEO, Public Health Englandcenter_img Ruth Sutherland, CEO of Samaritans, said: “Some of today’s findings echo what we know about increased risk in those working in low-skilled and low-paid professions. This is not right, it’s not fair, and it has to change.”Men working in the lowest-skilled occupations had a 44 per cent higher risk of suicide than the male average. To coincide with the data Public Health England released resources to help employers deal with suicide in the workplace. Duncan Selbie, chief executive, said: “I urge all employers, large or small, public or private sector to treat mental health as seriously as physical health. Early action can stop any employees reaching a desperate stage.”Between 2011 and 2015 a total of 18,998 deaths were recorded as suicide. Four in five of the cases analysed involved men.  A 2015 study found that creative people were 17 per cent more likely to suffer from mental illnesses such as schizophrenia. But Professor Appleby said he was “quite sceptical” about the link between creativity and poor mental health. “Maybe some people who have some emotional volatility might be drawn into the entertainment world, but to make a definite link would be quite speculative,” he said. Professor David Gunnell, of Bristol University, who co-authored the research with the ONS, said that more needed to be done to determine whether there was a link.He added that the link between poverty and poor mental health was better-established.”The priority should be to tackle the suicide rate among people in low-skilled work, which is a serious public health issue,” he said. Actors, entertainers and other creatives had a particularly high suicide rate Among men working in culture, media and sport-related jobs, the risk is 20 per cent higher, and among women it is 69 per cent higher. The risk is even more pronounced among individual professions. Male artists are more than twice as likely to commit suicide, and with female artists the risk quadruples.Rates are similarly high among actors, entertainers and presenters. There were 311 suicides among people working in culture, media and sport professions during the period. While the numbers are low, Louis Appleby, Professor of Psychiatry at Manchester University, said that they were statistically significant.last_img read more

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Wildlife ranger killed trying to protect kidnapped Britons in DR Congo is

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Together they have made the park the most dangerous in the world for rangers and conservationists to work in, with some 170 wildlife rangers killed there in the past 20 years, including five who were murdered along with their driver after an ambush last month.Although a number of Congolese nationals have been abducted in the park in recent years, it is the first time in nearly 20 years that an attempt has been made to seize Western tourists, officials said.The kidnapping took place just a few hundred yards from an Army base, where soldiers from the 802nd Regiment are stationed, prompting criticism of the slow response time by the troops. Park rangers at work in Virunga National Park Mr Mbiye, a father of five, told The Sunday Telegraph: “I was driving from Kibumba, heading to the volcano around 9am with a young British couple and a ranger when four heavily armed guys jumped on the road and started shooting in our direction.” Another added: “Her only thought would have been the safety and security of visitors to the park who were on the convoy.“Unfortunately armed robbers attacked as the convoy approached Rumangabo. Following the ecoguard’s death, two British citizens were taken away, along with their driver.”The driver, Guystave Mbiye, who was wounded during the attack, was last night recovering in hospital after being freed by the gang. Tributes have been paid to Ms Katumwa, described as a “devoted conservationist”Credit:Twitter A female park ranger was killed trying to protect two British tourists after gunmen ambushed their vehicle in Congo’s Virunga National Park.The woman, named locally as Rachel Katumwa, was gunned down as the two Britons were dragged away and marched through the forest by their attackers, who are now demanding a $200,000 ransom for their safe return,Ms Katumwa is understood to be the first female ranger to be killed in the park, which has been riven by violence in recent years.Tributes were paid to the 25-year-old ranger on Saturday as efforts by the Congolese Army continued to find the kidnapped Britons.Emmanuel de Merode, Virunga National Park director, said Ms Katumwa was one of the Park’s 26 female rangers. He added that she was “committed, showing true bravery in her work”.One of Ms Katumwa’s colleagues at Virunga National Park described her as “a devoted conservationist who died in the line of duty’”. The Virunga National Park is home to between a quarter and a third of the world’s highly endangered Mountain Gorilla, but it is also the hideout of a dozen militias and rebel outfits from three different countries, remnants of Congo’s bloody civil war, as well as bands of poachers and criminal gangs. Show more Park rangers at work in Virunga National ParkCredit:AFP After killing Ms Katumwa the gang forced the two Britons and Mr Mbiye to march through the dense forest for several hours until abandoning him, with a message for the authorities.“One of them said to me ‘I will leave you here, if the find you, tell them we need $200,000 and if they keep on chasing us, we will kill these two’.” said Mr Mbiye, 45.”It was very difficult for me to move as I had to much pain, but I forced myself back, until I was found by FARDC soldiers. It’s only by God’s grace that why I’m still  alive.”The authorities have not yet named the two Britons kidnapped, citing ‘operational reasons”.The gunmen opened fire on the convoy of vehicles shortly after it entered the national park, in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on Friday morning.The attack took place near Kibumba, a village within the park, eight miles from Goma, the capital city of eastern Congo’s troubled North Kivu province, one of the most volatile parts of the country. Tributes have been paid to Ms Katumwa, described as a "devoted conservationist" In a tweet in French and English, he said: “My very sincere condolences to the family of Rachel Makisa Baraka. Condolences also to the magnificient staff at Virunga National Park for all their bravery and determination in protecting local communities and wildlife. Thank you.” Zubaya Faustin, a local politician, said: “More should have been done to support the park guards.”A Foreign Office spokesman said: ‘We are in close contact with the authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo following an incident involving two British nationals and our staff are providing support to their families.’The Foreign Office warns against all travel to the area due to the rapidly deteriorating security situation and only a handful of British tourists travel there each year.John Murton, the British ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, offered his condolences to the family of Ms Katumwa in a tweet on Sunday, although he made no mention of the Britons kidnapped.  read more

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Hotel sales are up by €84 million this year

first_imgHOTEL SALES VOLUMES are nearly three times higher after the first half of this year than for the same period in 2013.New analysis on the sector released by CBRE Ireland shows that transactions worth €132 million were completed in the last six months, compared to €48 million last year.While the scale of the sales bonanza has not hit the heights of 2006, when deals worth more than €1 billion were completed, CBRE Research said that the strong first half performance will continue into the second half of the year.CBRE head of research Marie Hunt said: “This is a volume that’s going to increase significantly in the latter half of this year as more portfolio sales come to the market.”The estate agent said that the market has still been largely dominated by domestic players, with local operators accounting for 75% of the hotel spend during the period.Overseas investors, with purchasers from the US, UK and China prominent, accounted for 21% of the sales volume.The hotels that were sold were spread around the country, with 64% of sales in regional locations, and Cork accounting for 25% of the spend in the first half of the year.Headline deals completed so far this year include the €15 million sale of the Doonbeg Hotel in County Clare, the €30 million deal for the Hilton in Dublin’s Charlemont Place and the €15 million sale of the Clarion Dublin Airport.Read: Done deal – Mount Juliet resort sold to private equity player for €15 million>Read: Nama is selling the biggest-ever portfolio of Dublin apartments for €160 million>last_img read more

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Des nanodiamants pour traiter le cancer du sein

first_imgDes nanodiamants pour traiter le cancer du seinDes biologistes américains ont développé une technique innovante pour administrer des molécules anticancéreuses : utiliser de minuscules diamants. Testée sur des souris, la méthode semble avoir fait ses preuves.Un traitement anticancéreux jusqu’à 10 fois plus efficace. C’est le résultat obtenu par une équipe de biologistes américains et japonais qui ont testé une méthode tout à fait innovante. Pour administrer les molécules de doxorubicine, un anticancéreux bien connu et très utilisé, ceux-ci ont utilisé des minuscules particules de carbone, autrement dit des diamants de quelques nanomètres de diamètre.À lire aussiAmygdalite : chronique, caséeuse, cryptique, de quoi s’agit-il ?Des études précédentes avaient déjà démontré que ces particules circulaient facilement dans l’organisme. Mais assemblées à des molécules anticancéreuses, celles-ci ont démontrées de nombreux avantages. Ainsi, elles permettraient d’accroitre l’efficacité du médicament à dosage similaire et tout en réduisant les effets indésirables. En effet, très souvent les molécules qui doivent être délivrées sont éjectées par les cellules cancéreuses sans avoir eu le temps d’agir. Une chimio-résistance que permet de surmonter les nanodiamants.En testant la technique chez des souris atteintes de cancers du sein, les biologistes ont obtenu des résultats assez concluants. Alors qu’ils avaient injecté des doses mortelles aux animaux, ils ont observé que le traitement agissait mieux tout en étant moins toxique. Selon leurs données, la molécule attachée aux nanodiamants restait en outre 10 fois plus longtemps dans le sang des souris que lorsqu’elle était injectée seule. Les particules de carbone permettraient alors à la doxorubicine d’être davantage retenue dans les tumeurs et de limiter son exposition aux tissus sains. Désormais les chercheurs espèrent tester la technique sur de plus gros animaux afin de confirmer son efficacité. Le 19 mars 2011 à 11:27 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Tobacco epidemic kills 8 million people every year WHO

first_imgThe tobacco epidemic, known as one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced, kills more than 8 million people a year, warns WHO ahead of the World No Tobacco Day on Friday, May 31.Around 7 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while around 1.2 million are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke.According to an article released by the UN Agency on Wednesday, more than 60,000 children aged under 5 die of lower respiratory infections caused by second-hand smoke. Those who live on into adulthood are more likely to develop Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) later in life.In India, the Global Adult Tobacco Survey 2 (GATS 2) 2018 report reveals there are 266 million people, aged 15 and above, who use tobacco in some form. Among the adults, 24.9% (232.4 million) are daily tobacco users and 3.7% (34.4 million) are occasional users. Cardio Vascular Disease deaths caused by tobacco use account for 4,49,844 deaths, about 16% each year.Exposure to tobacco impacts the lung health of people around the world and here’s why you need to stop:Lung cancerGlobally, over two-thirds of lung cancer deaths are caused by tobacco smoking. Smokers are up to 22 times more likely to develop lung cancer in their lifetime, compared with non-smokers. Among non-smokers, due to exposure to second-hand smoke at home or in the workplace, they have a 30 per cent higher risk of developing lung cancer. It is estimated that after 10 years of quitting smoking, the risk of lung cancer falls to about half compared to that of a smoker.Chronic respiratory diseaseTobacco smoking is the leading cause of the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a condition that causes episodes of breathlessness, coughing and mucus production. People who started smoking in their youth or adolescence are especially susceptible to developing COPD as a result of reduced lung growth and function. Tobacco also aggravates asthma, which restricts activity and contributes to disability. People who stop smoking early slows the progression of COPD and improves asthma symptoms.Across the life-courseStudies have shown that infants exposed in-utero to tobacco smoke toxins, through maternal smoking or maternal exposure to second-hand smoke, experience reduced lung growth and function. Young children exposed to second-hand smoke are at risk of triggering asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis and respiratory infections. Smokers should ensure they don’t smoke in the presence of an infant or young child.TuberculosisTuberculosis (TB) damages the lungs and reduces lung function. It is further damaged by tobacco smoking. People who smoke are twice as likely to fall ill with TB. Active TB, compounded by the damaging lung health effects of tobacco smoking, substantially increases the risk of disability and death from respiratory failure. TB sufferers should also take immediate steps to quit tobacco to enable their TB treatment regime to be effective.Air pollutionTobacco smoke is a dangerous form of indoor air pollution as it contains more than 7,000 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer. Though smoke may be invisible and odourless, it can linger in the air for up to five hours.last_img read more

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Gazette abolishing quota after PMs return

first_imgQuota reform movement. Prothom Alo File PhotoAwami League joint general secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak has said the process of issuing a gazette notification on abolishing the quota system in civil services will start ‘shortly’ after prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s return from abroad, says UNB.The assurance came after a 15-member team of quota reform protesters met Awami League leader Jahangir Kabir Nanak at his NAM flat on Manik Mia Avenue on Friday night,Nurul Haque Nur, joint convener of the platform, said, “As the prime minister is now abroad, we’ve given the government until 7 May to issue a notification cancelling the quota system.”Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is now in Australia and will return home on 30 April.”Awami League joint general secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak has assured us of issuing the notification within the stipulated time,” Nur said.At the meeting, the student leaders pointed out their demands, including the issuance of an immediate notification over the quota abolition, withdrawal of cases filed against general students and taking the responsibility of treatment of the injured students, he added.Earlier around 8:00pm, representatives of the protesters were invited to sit with Jahangir Kabir Nanak at NAM Bhaban to discuss the issue.On 17 February, students and jobseekers started the demonstration to press for their five-point demand that include introduction of a unified age limit in government jobs, the review of the quota system in government recruitment process, including Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examination, stopping taking benefit by jobseekers under the same quota, filling vacant posts from merit list if the candidates from quota are not found and fixation of 10 per cent quota instead of the existing 56 per cent.last_img read more

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South Dinajpur district administration hands over health cards

first_imgBALURGHAT: South Dinajpur district administration started distributing health cards to the beneficiaries who are under Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) scheme on Friday.District magistrate Nikhil Nirmal said: “We have started distributing the health cards to the beneficiaries under RSBY project undertaken by the state government. Any individual under the particular scheme will get cashless benefit up to Rs 5,00,000 through the health card.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to an official source, five beneficiaries received health cards on Friday from the concerned DM in a programme at district administrative building. Around 100 cards have been prepared for beneficiaries. The department has targeted to handover approximately 1,00,000 cards within next 100 days. “The cardholders will immensely be benefitted under the health scheme. The poor and backward people who have financial compulsions and do not have the capacity to bear the costly medical expenses can take advantage through it. Soon, we will start distributing the cards at the block level. The entire process will be completed within upcoming 150 days positively,” Nirmal said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateApart from DM, additional district magistrate, Pranab Kumar Ghosh, Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH), Dr Sukumar Dey and many dignitaries and officials attended the programme. Notably, the cardholders will receive pamphlet with the details of the scheme and the list of hospitals. The health scheme is for the poor. It aims to provide insurance coverage to the unorganised sector workers under the Below Poverty Line (BPL) category and their family members.last_img read more

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St Vincent and the Grenadines gears up for its first winter season

first_img Friday, December 8, 2017 St. Vincent and the Grenadines gears up for its first winter season with direct int’l flights Travelweek Group Share Posted bycenter_img ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES — Stayover visitor arrivals from Canada to St. Vincent and the Grenadines are up more than 10% for the first nine months of 2017, and numbers from this market will only continue to climb with Air Canada Rouge’s new direct flights into Argyle International Airport, starting Dec. 14.Next week’s Air Canada Rouge flight will be met on arrival by the Prime Minister, Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves, the Minister of Tourism, Cecil McKie, and CEO of the SVG Tourism Authority, Glen Beache. Air Canada Rouge’s flights out of Toronto will operate once weekly through the winter until April 12, 2018, using 136-seat A319 aircraft.The SVG Tourism Authority promoted the destination in Toronto earlier this fall, with a campaign that included a high-visibility taxi wrap promotion on 60 vehicles. Would-be vacationers also saw ads during traffic reports on Global Television Network, and heard radio ads on stations in St. Catharines and Hamilton. The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority and Air Canada Vacations are also doing co-op marketing campaigns with local hotels.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTThe 10.4% increase in stayover visitor arrivals from Canada delivered 5,997 visitors to the islands, up from 5,433 in 2016. Tourism is been the main foreign exchange earner for St. Vincent and the Grenadines and accounts for approximately 20% of its GDP.St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ new Argyle International Airport opened with much fanfare in February 2017. More than 130 passengers consisting of media and tourism officials flew to the new airport on a Sunwing B737-800 on Feb. 14, marking the first direct international flight out of Toronto to the new facility. The airport’s construction spanned more than eight years with a US$275 million investment. It has a 9,000-foot runway and was built to handle between 1.2 and 1.4 million passengers a year, with future extensions in mind.When Travelweek met with Beache earlier this year, he noted that SVG is ready for more hotels, “but not too many”. Beache, CEO of the St. Vincent and The Grenadines Tourism Authority, said he has his eye on several top brands, including one that, like Beache himself, has roots right here in Toronto: Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts. Tags: Air Canada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Foreign tourist number in Japan crosses 16 million

first_imgThe number of foreigners visiting Japan this year has topped 16.31 million. The record-high figure has already surpassed last year’s total by some 2.9 million. The Japan National Tourism Organisation said the number for January through October is up 48.2% from the same period last year.Source: NHK Worldlast_img

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